Piers Morgan has slammed Rita Ora after she apologised for flouting lockdown rules and having a 30th birthday in a Notting Hill restaurant with friends on Saturday.
The Good Morning Britain presenter insisted the singer was simply sorry she got caught after she voluntarily paid a £10,000 fine to police.
Piers, 55, said: ‘What does her mum think about this?’ as he reminded viewers that her mother Vera returned to the frontline to work for the NHS amid the pandemic.
‘She’s only sorry she got caught’: Piers Morgan slammed Rita Ora’s apology on GMB on Tuesday after she flouted lockdown rules to throw a 30th birthday party at Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill on Saturday
He said: ‘This Rita Ora thing annoyed me because suddenly she’s “deeply sorry” and volunteered to pay the £10,000 fine – which will barely touch the sides of her pocket money’ (Rita pictured outside the restaurant on Saturday)
He said: ‘This Rita Ora thing annoyed me because suddenly she’s “deeply sorry” and volunteered to pay the £10,000 fine – which will barely touch the sides of her pocket money.
‘What is she “deeply sorry” about? She knew what she was doing, we are in a national lockdown – it’s not a secret!
‘She’s a very rich pop star and she deliberately planned a 30th birthday party – I don’t know what the restaurant was thinking, so how are you able to do that? And why were you doing that?’
He asked: ‘What is she “deeply sorry” about? She knew what she was doing, we are in a national lockdown – it’s not a secret!’
Adding: ‘She’s a very rich pop star and she deliberately planned a 30th birthday party – I don’t know what the restaurant was thinking, so how are you able to do that? And why were you doing that?’
He added: ‘You plan a 30th birthday like that, you turn up, invite all your famous buddies, you party and have a great night – the police come and bang on the door.
‘If they’re all doing that, if the rules aren’t for them, then what’s the point of the rules?
“‘I’m deeply sorry’, what about? You’re not deeply sorry – you’re deeply sorry you got caught! That’s what you’re “deeply sorry” about.
I’m sorry: Rita offered an apology on social media on Monday and said she felt ‘particularly embarrassed’
‘If you hadn’t been caught would you be issuing a statement saying: “I’ve just woken up and realised what I did was terribly wrong and I’m deeply sorry?”‘
Piers noted that Rita has said in her statement that lockdown was about to end and so she thought it would be fine.
He said: ‘So you knew there was a lockdown, otherwise you wouldn’t have thought it was about to come to an end.’
Susanna Reid added: ‘Also, even when lockdown comes to an end it’s still against the rules to have 30 people come together.’
Error of judgement: Rita pictured joining friends at a swanky London restaurant for her 30th birthday on Saturday night
Letting her hair down: Miss Ora, who had on a white satin dress and a fur-lined coat, wore a mask as she left after ‘partying into the early hours’ according to sources close to her
The venue: Francois Perrodo, 43, who with his mother Carrie are among Britain’s richest business bosses with their £5.8billion fortune, is the majority shareholder in Casa Cruz
Guestlist: Cara Delevingne was one of the people who attended the bash (pictured February 2020)
It had been reported that Rita had 30 guests at her bash at Casa Cruz restaurant, but the MailOnline understands the number was seven.
Piers later said: ‘Her mother’s a health worker! She spent most of the first wave of the pandemic speaking about her pride for the health service.
“She even launched a coronavirus range of clothing saying “stop the spread”… And then she invites  of her mates for her lockdown-breaking 30th birthday.
‘It’s exhausting keeping up with these people, it’s just so selfish.’
Police were called to Rita’s party and the Met Police gave a statement to MailOnline.
Make your mind up: Rita launched a coronavirus range of clothing saying ‘stop the spread’ earlier in the year
Doing her bit: Rita’s mother Vera returned to the NHS frontline amid the COVID-19 pandemic in March – The healthcare professional is a psychiatrist and former GP
They penned: ‘Police were called at 21:10hrs on Saturday, 28 November to reports of a potential breach of Covid regulations at a commercial premises in Clarendon Road, W11.
‘Officers attended and carried out enquiries at the scene. They found no record of any offence being committed.’
Lockdown is set to end on Wednesday, with London entering a slightly more relaxed Tier Two system which will allow people to return to pubs and drink if they order food.
Key points in COVID lockdown Mark 2
- People can only leave their homes for specific reasons, such as to do essential shopping, for outdoor exercise, and for work if they are unable to work from home.
- In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
- Non-essential shops will be told to shut
- Restaurants and bars will be told to close unless they can operate a takeaway service.
- Travel abroad is only permitted for ‘essential’ reasons such as work, people can still return to the UK from abroad.
- Leisure centres, gyms, sporting venues, hairdressers and beauty parlours will have to close, although professional sport will continue.
- Key businesses that cannot operate remotely – such as construction – should carry on as before.
- Places of worship can stay open for private prayer. Funerals are limited to close family only.
- Exercise is permitted with no limits on frequency, but organised sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – will not be permitted.
Rita has now apologised for what she has called a ‘serious and inexcusable error of judgment’ in going to the party during national lockdown, where no social mixing is allowed indoors.
Writing on Instagram on Monday, Rita had said: ‘Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK… I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.
‘This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.
‘I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe. Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’
Notting Hill restaurant Casa Cruz, is named after Chilean-born Juan Santa Cruz, who resigned as restaurateur in February.
Nicholas Fallows, who is listed as the sole director of Casa Cruz London Ltd, insisted he was unaware of the event.
Francois Perrodo, 43, who with mother Carrie are among Britain’s richest business bosses with their £5.8billion fortune, is the majority shareholder in Casa Cruz.
Mr Perrodo is a businessman and racing car driver and has competed in a number of races in his birth country of France.
His fortune comes from the oil and gas industry and he is the chairman of the Anglo-French company Perenco, which was founded by his late father Hubert.
A source told MailOnline this morning: ‘He had absolutely no idea this was being held there.’
The director of the restaurant also said they were in the dark on who had approved the party, deepening the mystery over who gave it the go-ahead.
Not happy: Piers was indignant on Monday morning after Rita Ora was accused of breaching lockdown rules over the weekend
On Monday, while wishing Lorraine a happy birthday, Susanna said: ‘It’s a shame we can’t come give you a hug and a kiss, although you’re probably glad you can’t get one from Piers. Are you having a small get together?’
‘Yeah, it’s just what everyone is doing apart from Rita Ora,’ Lorraine replied.
Evidently appalled by Rita’s decision to host a party for people outside her immediate social bubble, Piers carped: ‘These celebs, I’ll do what I want and no one else matters, I don’t get it… what’s the restaurant doing allowing all those people in?’
Lorraine, who admitted she will celebrate her special day at home with husband Steve Smith, added: ‘I could have 61 people for 61? That would be quite nice when it’s all over.’
It comes as the government again stressed the importance of abiding by restrictions on Sunday, ahead of the UK’s second national lockdown ending on December 2.
In pictures obtained by
Rita was also spotted leaving the building while wearing a slinky wrap skirt and black face mask.
A source told the publication: ‘Rita and her sister came to the restaurant first, all dolled up and clearly looking forward to a good night.
‘There were a number of guests, all dressed up very glamorously, and everyone entered the building through the back, with security watching the front to make sure no one else went in. It went on until the early hours.’
The restaurant’s director Nicholas Fallows also told The Sun that he hadn’t been aware of any plans for an event and the restaurant was ‘owned by shareholders’.
Current government guidelines say that people ‘minimise the time spent outside their home’ and avoid meeting others who they do not live with.
People should also avoid physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to others who do not share a home with you or who are not in the same support bubble.
Guidelines brought in with the national lockdown on November 5 also state that people must ‘not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household, meaning the people you live with, or your support bubble’.
Friends: Another atteendee at Rita’s party was actress Poppy Delevingne (pictured on This Morning)
Restaurants are also currently closed except for takeaway meals, with any breaking of these guidelines possibly ending up with a fine.
The rules are set to change on December 2, with many restrictions being dependent on which Tier the location ends up being in.
In London restaurants and cafes will be able to open from Wednesday. Pubs and bars can also open, but only if they are operating as restaurants with table service.
All hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals and must stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm, according to the
In attendance: Vas J Morgan was also seen leaving the venue in the snaps from Saturday